Michigan is one of only 20 states that allow intervention in local finances, but Michigan’s law is one of the most far reaching.
Public Act 72, the Local Government Fiscal Responsibility Act, was passed in 1990, under Governor Blanchard.
When Governor Snyder took office, one of the first bills that he signed into law was Public Act 4, a “beefed-up” Emergency Manager (EM) law. In 2011, Michiganians voted 52% to 48% to repeal PA 4, which led the Legislature to draft Public Act 436. The new version made changes to the EM law, with the most controversial change being that the public could not repeal it.
Under Governor Snyder, seven (7) cities or school districts have been declared financial emergencies and placed under an Emergency Manager. Michigan’s Civil Rights Commission recently blamed Michigan’s EM law for the Flint crisis. The EM law was also faulted by Governor Snyder's Flint water task force and by a joint select committee of the Michigan Legislature.
Michigan's EM law disenfranchises voters by removing their right to be governed by local, elected representation. EM’s are more concerned with finances than public health when making their decisions. The lethal combination of the two lead us to the Flint tragedy and should not be repeated.
As the next Representative in District 1, I will support efforts to repeal Michigan's Emergency Manager law.